The National Review reports that on Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein attacked 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett for her Roman Catholic faith. More specifically, Feinstein attacked Barrett, picked by President Donald Trump, for boldly bringing her Catholic faith into her decision-making process.
Barrett, a mother of 7, is a law professor at the Catholic University of Notre Dame and has written previously about the role of religion in public life. Drawing on these written materials, delivered in the form of an academic lecture to Christian legal groups, Feinstein attacked Barrett's Catholic faith, asserting that her religious views will prevent her from forming fair rulings. In particular, Feinstein thinks that the nominee will be a threat to the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling — something that Feinstein so fanatically supports that she calls it a "super-precedent."
“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein said according to National Review. “And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.”
Other Democratic senators joined in the attacked of Barrett over her Catholic faith. Dick Durban, for instance, remarked that Barrett's Catholic faith was simply a veil for her anti-abortion and conservative cultural views, and that a Catholic can still believe "orthodox" while being pro-abortion and defending left-liberal cultural policies. This is, of course, not necessarily true and certainly a complicated matter, but something that Durban insists nevertheless.
According to Barrett, judges should not try to align their legal rulings with the Church's moral teaching. Rather, when a judge's religious and judicial duties are at odds, they ought to recuse themselves and simply not rule on the case. Despite being, in the opinion of this author, a very reasonable approach to reconciling one's religious and judicial duties, this wasn't enough to ease Feinstein and other liberal senators.
Former Justice Antonin Scalia's name was mentioned during the questions. Justice Scalia, who Barrett once clerked for, was also a Catholic Christian. He was married with nine children, one of whom became a priest, and was very public about his religious views.
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